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Why is Central Market Cooking School director Cathy Cochran-Lewis leaving the school?
Food Column  April 19, 2002, by Virginia B. Wood
"...In its first couple of years, the Central Market Cooking School was a somewhat unfocused loss leader for the ground-breaking food market, with a series of directors that seemed to change with the seasons. In 1996, store creator John Campbell hired former journalist Cathy Cochran-Lewis to run the cooking school operation, and things began to change..."

Around the World ...
In 28 ethnic markets: where to shop when you want to live locally and eat globally
Food Story  February 28, 2003, by Mick Vann
"...As Austin has grown from a provincial culinary backwater to a more cosmopolitan cuisine scene, and the supporting casts of international cuisine refugees have arrived from all corners of the U.S. and the globe, we have noticed a slow but steady growth in the ethnic markets that supply and feed those global foodies..."

Food Top Tens 1996: A Year of Good Tastes
Top Ten Bites of 1996
Food Story  January 10, 1997, by Virginia B. Wood
"...50-year old Balsamic vinegar I attended a Professional Food Writer's Symposium at the Greenbrier Resort back in March. On the last evening we were there, our hosts served a Marketplace Tasting Dinner featuring a fascinating selection of meats, seafoods, cheeses and breads and condiments they expected to be popular in the coming year..."

An Altar-nate View
Liven up the boo-ring Halloween season with Día de los Muertos celebrations
Food Story  October 29, 2010, by Claudia Alarcón
"..."I really got into Mexican cooking, so Day of the Dead became my excuse for throwing a Mexican-themed party. I cook everything from scratch – at least two kinds of tamales, and mole, of course." He developed his mole recipe – adapted from various recipes from his personal cookbook library – for a cooking class he taught at Central Market..."

Gift guide
Food Story  December 17, 2004, by Barbara Chisholm
"...Central Market Cooksedited by Mary Cummings & Jane Hinshaw..."

Readers Poll
Food Story  May 25, 2001
"...HONORABLE MENTIONCastle Hill Cafe, Shady GroveFrench FriesHyde Park Bar & GrillRUNNERS-UPCentral Market, McDonald's..."

You'll Never Cook Again The Deli Explosion
Arts Story  July 28, 1995
" Virginia B. Wood After World War II, the supermarket concept really exploded in this country..."

Cathy Cochran-Lewis
Cathy Cochran-Lewis has been instrumental in putting Austin on the global culinary map
Food Story  April 17, 2009, by MM Pack
"..."I never published those stories," she says, "but that was when I realized what I loved best – people and food." Determined to steer her career in that direction, Cochran-Lewis moved to Austin in 1996. Though lacking culinary experience, she convinced Nona Evans, then marketing director at Central Market, to hire her for food demonstrations..."

"Food-o-File" sets sail with news about food cruises & more tamales.
Food Column  December 20, 2002, by Virginia B. Wood
"...But I'm getting ahead of myself, and this piece of news really isn't about me at all. Early in the fall, Austin culinary consultant Cathy Cochran-Lewis and Central Market Marketing Director Melissa Porter took a two-week culinary tour of the Greek Isles..."

There's nothing new about fundraising events in Austin, but a friend-raiser is a new concept in River City. That's what the board members, staff, and community volunteers associated with the Sustainable Food Center / Austin Community Gardens (SFC / ACG) chose to call the event they threw this past Sunday afternoon.
Food Column  June 8, 2001, by Virginia B. Wood
"...That's what the board members, staff, and community volunteers associated with the Sustainable Food Center/Austin Community Gardens (SFC/ACG) chose to call the event they threw this past Sunday afternoon. The friend-raiser, titled "Food for Thought, Thought for Food: Farmers' Markets in Renaissance," was designed to address the issue of what a city-centered farmers' market could bring to Austin and generate a broad base of community support..."

A Pinch of Yin, A Dash of Yang
Food Story  February 25, 1999, by Ronna N. Welsh
"...When a chef comes to town, especially one courted by a national culinary association and hyped for months by Central Market Cooking School, this cook takes notice. And takes notes..."

Natural Born Breakfast Eaters
Cereal Thrillers
Features Story  May 5, 1995, by Bill Crawford
"...A walk down the cereal aisle in your average supermarket is a lot like a visit with the relatives. Count Chocula, Sprinkle Spangles, Cap'n Crunch, Crunchberries, Fruity Pebbles, Cocoa Pebbles, Cocoa Puffs, Reese's Peanut Butter Puffs, Frosted Flakes, Frosted Mini Wheats, King Vitaman..."

Oh, Sister
Adelaide, South Australia, sibling city and state of Austin, Texas, is a delicious destination for food and wine lovers
Food Story  April 21, 2006, by Wes Marshall
"...Once you've developed a taste for marron, you'll want to go to the world's largest marron farm, Andermel (, and see the care that goes into raising these incredible crustaceans. A local chef grilled a dozen or so with a stunning marinade made of 200 grams of honey (just shy of 7 ozs.), four tablespoons of olive oil, one tablespoon of laksa paste (go to an Asian market), one teaspoon of minced garlic, and one tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce..."

Gourmet Gadgetry
The Food staff offers some ideas on stocking stuffers for the kitchen enthusiast on your list.
Food Story  December 6, 2002, by Virginia B. Wood
"...It was only a matter of time before silicone hot pads arrived. I came across these little jewels while teaching a pie class at Central Market recently and absolutely had to have one of my own..."

Cafe at Central Market Westgate
Food Review  May 19, 2000, by Barbara Chisholm
"...Cafe at Central Market Westgate4477 S. Lamar, 899-4300..."

Off With My Head
Food Column  February 25, 1999, by Virginia B. Wood
"...The generous, talented Brackenridge Hospital chef responsible for the Red Wagon Salsas is Paul Landers, not John. Also, in a recent piece about two large local farmstands currently being without farmers, I neglected to mention that the South Austin Farmer's Market, located at 2910 S..."

Beer Convenience
Finding great craft brew selections in unlikely places
Food Story  June 24, 2011, by Lee Nichols
"...This list isn't intended to be exhaustive – no doubt, I missed your favorite gem. Please tell me what I've missed in the comments section. Live Oak Market4410 Manchaca Rd., 416-0300 Unexpected: Rahr & Sons Pecker Wrecker Imperial Pilsner Never Seen Before: Chatoe Rogue, Green Flash Trippel Cool Factor: Beer fridge door handles made from tap handles..."

The Beat Divas Teach Cooking With Songs of Food, Love, and Mayhem
Music on the Menu at Central Market
Food Story  June 17, 2011, by Virginia B. Wood
"...When Kelly Ann Hargrove founded the Music on the Menu series at the Central Market Cooking School in March 2003, there was no way she could know what one of the acts she booked would ultimately accomplish. The vocal trio known as the Beat Divas – Mady Kaye, Beth Ullman, and Dianne Donovan – began presenting dinner classes with a generous helping of jazzy harmonies in 2004 and quickly became one of the recreational cooking school's most popular quarterly attractions..."

The 2002 Austin Chronicle Restaurant Poll
Readers Poll
Food Story  May 24, 2002
"...Honorable MentionWendy's, Hut's Hamburgers, Central MarketChips & Hot SauceChuy's..."

Night of the Turducken
Food Story  November 21, 1997, by Meredith Phillips
"...The instructions and commentary that follow would be useful to another first-time turducken chef. For those interested in more formal instruction, the Central Market Cooking School will hold a turducken preparation class on November 23rd for $25..."

Illbient for Spooky
Columns  November 15, 1996
"...Competition in this market promises to bring increased job opportunities and greater business activity, both of which are always needed in this state. We need large companies and corporations to invest their dollars in Texas..."

Top 10 Breads
Food Story  January 5, 1996
"...3. Central Market..."

Ice Cream of Genius (with the Light Brown Caramel)
Forgive us, Stephen Foster, but we like Lick lots
DAILY Food  July 25, 2018, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Better yet, though? Take a make-your-own-ice-cream class at Central Market Cooking School with Anthony Sobotik. Because that’s some next-level gustatory and educational pleasure right there, citizen...."

Place of Honor
Twelve rounds between Hiroko Shimbo and Tyson Cole
Food Story  June 1, 2007, by Mick Vann
"...I met Hiroko Shimbo when she was on a book tour promoting her first cookbook, The Japanese Kitchen, the seminal English-language work on Japanese cuisine. She was teaching at Central Market Cooking School in spring 2003, and I had the opportunity to meet her and spend some time chatting with her about her culinary tours in both New York City and Japan, her role as a recipe and restaurant consultant, and her career as an author of cookbooks and numerous magazine and newspaper articles ("

Austin @ Large: Triangle, Full Circle
Seven glorious years later, and did we learn anything?
News Column  October 8, 2004, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...But politically – and, for most of the central-city rebels of 1997, completely – it was being fought against a Randalls, and initially an Act III theatre and a Barnes & Noble as well. I remember Terkel suggesting at his big, wild, town-hall meeting at MHMR that his project wasn't that different from the shopping center containing Central Market..."

The Downtown Dominoes
The headlines are about Block 21 and Seaholm, but the long-term questions are about what the city of Austin should be
News Story  April 9, 2004, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...There's CSC, of course (which was originally supposed to include Block 21), and the new City Hall and the completed AMLI block (which is Block 20; these numbers refer to the city's original 1839 plat map). The West Avenue Lofts have been joined by 404 Rio Grande and the Austin City Lofts, west of the Warehouse District in what the city now calls the Market District..."

Tropic of Capsaicin
Austin is a chile-loving town, all right, and in recent years, locals have become addicted to the definitive flavor of chiles grown in and around Hatch, N.M. Shipments of the big green chiles will be available fresh and roasted to order at several places around town for the next few weeks.
Food Story  August 22, 2003, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Shipments of the big green chiles will be available fresh and roasted to order at several places around town for the next few weeks. If your taste runs to jalapeños, Anaheims, and habaneros, we know where to find those, as well.Austin's Historic Farmers' Market6701 Burnet Rd., 454-1002..."

Into Town
Will Austin shoppers support a Downtown farmers' market?
Food Story  May 2, 2003, by Virginia B. Wood
"...When the new Austin Farmers' Market opens this weekend in Republic Square Park, the downtown block will once again be the site of commerce, community interaction, and celebration with music and food, in keeping with its established place in Austin's history. The block was one of the original public squares planned by Edwin Waller when he designed a plat for the new city in 1839, and for much of the next 160 years, it was an important gathering place for Austitines...."

Readers Poll
Food Story  May 12, 2000
"...HONORABLE MENTIONPlayers, Central Market Cafe, Pluckers Wing FactoryBEST TACOTaco XpressRUNNERS-UPTaquería Arandas, Chuy's, Güero's Taco Bar..."

Patching Things Up
Triangle Developers and Neighbors Work Together
News Story  February 14, 1997, by Lee Nichols
"...This open field at the "Triangle" bordered by Guadalupe, Lamar and 45th Street will soon be filled with a Randall's supermarket, a cinema, restaurants, coffee shops, various retail, and a big parking lot.photograph by Kenny Braun In the history of Austin's great war between developers and citizens, the "Triangle Development" probably will not be remembered as one of the epic battles. In fact, the battle cry of the respective generals seems to be, "Can't we all just get along?"..."

Food Column  February 28, 1997
"...Zoot's co-chefs will also be participating in a new shopping program at Central Market. Special Projects Manager Sharon Gerhardt explains that Central Market is not getting into the wholesale food business but rather developing relationships with area restaurants by letting participating chefs know of special foodstuffs that have arrived fresh at the market..."

Food Column  November 22, 1996
"...Several local confectioners have great holiday desserts for sale around town. Consider these: The new holiday flavor from Amandine French Sorbets is Cranberry Spice for sale in all the usual places; the ever-popular Pumpkin Flan from Marta's Flan will soon be joined by Eggnog Flan at Whole Foods, Central Market, Fiesta and restaurants all over town; scrumptious pies such as Bourbon Pecan, Mocha Pecan and Pumpkin with Ginger Pecan Crust created by PamMade Pies can be found at both Whole Foods stores and Central Market as well as her little retail outlet at 103-B W..."

Beer School is Now in Session
Raise your brew IQ at Central Market’s Brewniversity
DAILY Food  September 10, 2013, by Anna Toon
"...Fret no more, Central Market is offering a series of beer events aimed at educating and engaging consumers, from beginners in need of a gateway beer to craft beer connoisseurs. Central Market’s Brewniversity will take place at both North Lamar and Westgate locations from Sept..."

Event Menu
A bounty of places to be
Food Column  October 6, 2006
"...All Month Long ... To celebrate Texas Wine Month (see right), Cental Market (4001 N..."

Musicians on the Menu
In concert or in the kitchen, these locals have the chops
Food Story  May 12, 2006, by Virginia B. Wood
"...The Beat Divas – Mady Kaye, Beth Ullman, and Dianne Donovan – are all accomplished musicians and singers, as well as passionate home cooks. Now, in addition to performing a delicious mélange of jazz standards, jazzed-up American pop tunes, and clever original material, they are cooking together and presenting quarterly classes at the Central Market Cooking School..."

If it's late August, it must be heaven for Austin chile heads; plus, paying visits to husband-and-wife teams living their restaurant dreams
Food Column  August 20, 2004, by Virginia B. Wood
"...When Central Market Westgate nonperishables director Darrel Benavides began to fantasize about a green-chile jam to offer his customers during the end-of-summer Chile Festival, he happened to mention his dreams to just the right folks. Jill and Kevin Lewis are famous for the award-winning condiments that bear the Austin Slow Burn label, and they knew they were up to the challenge..."

A Delectable Día de los Muertos
Earlier last month, I received a call from Sahar Arafat-Ray, director of the Central Market Cooking School here in Austin, wondering whether I would like to teach a class based on food for Day of the Dead. Since Day of the Dead is one of my favorite holidays, and since the class will be a benefit for the Austin Children's Museum, I happily agreed.
Food Story  October 31, 2003, by Claudia Alarcón
"...Earlier last month, I received a call from Sahar Arafat-Ray, director of the Central Market Cooking School here in Austin, wondering whether I would like to teach a class based on food for Day of the Dead. Since Day of the Dead is one of my favorite holidays, and since the class will be a benefit for the Austin Children's Museum, I happily agreed..."

The details behind several local bakers' plans to create their own workforce.
Food Column  October 20, 2000, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Since it's highly unlikely that any Central Texans will ever dine at the famed Rao's Restaurant in Manhattan's East Harlem, an enthusiastic sell-out crowd jammed into the classroom at Central Market last Friday night to enjoy dinner entrées prepared by the restaurant's congenial proprietor, Frank Pellegrino. Pellegrino is the third generation of his family to operate the 100-year-old Rao's, a 10-table restaurant that's equally famous for its earthy Southern Italian cooking and for the fact that it's impossible to get a reservation to eat there..."

Noshing Kosher
Lorne Oppler gives the lowdown on eating kosher in Austin.
Food Story  September 29, 2000, by Lorne Opler
"...It's Sunday afternoon and you're cruising down the aisle of your local supermarket for a quick grocery hunt. You pick up a box of cookies, toss in a package of spaghetti, a jar of pickles, and your four most favorite kinds of breakfast cereal..."

Producers of Piquant Pods of Perfection
Food Story  August 26, 1999, by Mick Vann
"...Most chileheads have absolutely no concept of what's involved in producing the peppers they crave so dearly. They go to the market and find an incredible selection of fresh and dried chiles, multitudes of different hot sauces, and salsas of every sort..."

Northwest Restaurant Boom
Food Column  July 29, 1999, by Virginia B. Wood
"...While sitting through five changes of the traffic light at Hwy360 and FM2222 earlier this summer, the wisdom of locating a restaurant near this busy intersection became clear: After fighting the traffic to and from town, the thousands of people who now live here are likely to be enthusiastic supporters of neighborhood eateries. Veteran and novice restaurateurs alike have tapped into this built-in market, providing several interesting dining options, with more on the way...."

It's Hatch Chile Season Again
Austin celebrates the seasonal pepper
DAILY Food  August 7, 2014, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Chile season starts in August and representatives of local grocery stores, restaurants, and artisan food makers have already secured their yearly supply. Central Market alone brings in more than 125 tons a year..."

Sarah Rowland Dies at 53
One of the matriarchs of the area organic farm movement died Friday
DAILY Food  August 26, 2012, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Over the past 20 years, the Rowlands have provided quality organic produce to Central Texas families through community supported agriculture shares and farmers' market booths at the Westlake Farmers' Market, Sunset Valley Farmers' Market, and Cedar Park Farm2Market. Sarah Rowland offered advice and counsel to Westlake Farmers' Market founder Pamela Boyar and served on the board of that market in both of it's first two locations..."

The Making of Downtown North
The Domain may sound like just another fancy mall – but planners say it's the seed of a second Austin
News Story  September 28, 2007, by Richard Whittaker
"...It's been derided as a shopper's Disneyland and pre-emptively dismissed by many Central Austinites as a strange, upmarket interloper, more suited for the tonier districts of Dallas or Houston. But if the developers and the city planners manage to deliver what they say they have in mind, the still-sprouting Domain shopping and residential complex on what is now the near north side will start to look a lot more like Austin..."

Event Menu
June 29-July 5
Food Column  June 29, 2007, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Experience firsthand that green is the new red, white, and blue at the inaugural Green Fourth of July celebration presented by Central Market Organics, Austin Green Art, and the Sustainable Shopper's Ball at Central Market North (4001 N. Lamar, 206-1000)..."

Deconstructing Downtown
The Economy Sneezes -- and Austin's Central Business District Catches a Cold
News Story  April 20, 2001, by Amy Smith
"...Moreover, the idea of Intel dressing up its unfinished structure with a colorful mesh screen is drawing a considerable amount of ridicule. "I think that's a silly idea," sniffed Charles Heimsath, president of Capitol Market Research, a downtown firm that tracks real estate trends..."

Playwright Adam Sobsey cooks up some drama at Central Market, the UT Department of Theatre & Dance serves up six weeks of new works, and UT student Kristi McGarity snags the 2001 SEAMUS / ASCAP prize.
Arts Column  March 30, 2001, by Robert Faires
"...The list of local sites that have served as nontraditional performance spaces through the years is a pretty interesting one: a downtown parking garage, an empty swimming pool, a farm, an asphalt dumping yard, the street in front of Hyde Park Theatre, Barton Springs Pool, just to get you started. Now, add to the roster the Central Market Cooking School..."

Best of Austin Story  September 24, 1999
"...Reason to Remain a CarnivoreCentral Market Westgate Rotisserie..."

Holy Smoke!
The Barbecue! Bible
Food Story  June 24, 1999, by Mick Vann
"...It produced moist and highly flavored birds that spoke of the Khyber Pass. Take a bite, close your eyes, and you'd think you were in a Silk Road market in Kabul or Herat...."

Plant-Centered Cuisine
Food Column  March 11, 1999, by Virginia B. Wood
"...While not strictly vegetarian, The Phytopia Cookbook (IPG, $18 paper) uses in-depth scientific research to create delicious, healthy, and healing recipes that bring plant-based foods to the center of the plate. Dallas food writers Barbara Gollman and Kim Pierce will offer a class on eating the phytopia way this Saturday, March 13, 10am-12:30pm at Central Market (4001 N..."

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